Washington vs. Stanford Prediction
Is Stanford a good play for bettors as an underdog Friday night when the Cardinal hosts Washington in Pac-12 play?
Matchup: Washington (8-1) at Stanford (6-3)
TV: FS1, 10:30 p.m. ET
Line: Washington -6 (47)
Oddsmakers Like: Washington. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Huskies are 6-point road favorites to beat the Cardinal, who opened as 8-point home underdogs. As for the total, the number currently sits at 47 points after also opening at that number.
Public Bettors Like: Washington. As of Friday morning, nearly 60% of tickets are on the Huskies minus the points.
Trends Like: The under. In the last 13 meetings between these two teams, the under is 9-4. The Huskies are also 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams but the home team is 5-1 against the number in the last six meetings, which favors Stanford so be careful.
OUR PREDICTION: Stanford. I’ll be honest, this one makes me nervous. I rarely have a good feel on the Cardinal. When I think they’re primed for a letdown or to get upset by a foe that I perceive is better, they roll. When I back them as a live dog or think they’ll rout a bad Oregon State program, they disappoint. I fully admit I don’t have a good handle on David Shaw’s team.
That said, the Cardinal was embarrassed last year in Seattle, losing 44-6 in the worst defeat of Shaw’s career at Stanford. That had to stick with a proud Cardinal team that isn’t used to getting its doors blown off by conference foes.
Speaking of which, the Cardinal is 7-0 against the spread as a home underdog against conference opponents and is 7-1 against the number as a dog of more than four points under Shaw. Finally, Stanford is 13-0 straight up and 11-2 against the spread in its games following a straight up loss under Shaw.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 11 PICK: STANFORD CARDINAL +6